Sri Sulalai

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Sri Sulalai
Princess Mother of Siam
Spouse King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (Rama II)
Issue King Nangklao (Rama III)
Princess Pom
Prince Noo Dam
House Chakri Dynasty
Father Phraya Nonthaburi Sri Maha Uthayan (Boonchan)
Mother Pheng
Born 1770
Nonthaburi, Siam
Died 1837
Bangkok, Siam
Religion Buddhism (previously Islam)

Princess Sri Sulalai (Thai: ศรีสุลาไลย, ศรีสุลาลัย; RTGS: Si Sulalai) or Princess Sri Suralai (Thai: ศรีสุราลัย, ศรีสุราไลย; RTGS: Si Suralai, 1770–1837) or formally Chao Chom Manda Riam (Thai: เจ้าจอมมารดาเรียม), was a royal concubine of King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, the king of Siam.

Her family was Muslim from the Southern part of the Kingdom, and her very name is the shortened version of "Maryam" an Arabic name. She married Prince Isarasundhorn as the second concubine and gave birth to Prince Tub (later Prince Jessadabodindra) in 1787.

In 1809, Prince Isarasundhorn was crowned as King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai. Chao Chom Manda Riam then moved to the Royal Grand Palace and presided over the royal kitchen. Prince Jessadabodindra was trusted by the king to handle various state affairs. In 1824, King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai died. According to the tradition, the throne would go to Prince Mongkut, the son of Queen Sri Suriyendra. However, the nobility instead enthroned Prince Jessadabodindra because he had served the king in Kromma Tha (Ministry of Trade and Foreign Affairs) for years and was proved to be competent to rule.

As her son was crowned, Chao Chom Manda Riam was raised to Krom Somdet Phra Sri Sulalai (HRH Princess Mother Sri Sulalai), thus a member of the royalty. She died in 1837.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Miss Riam
  • The Nobel Consort Riam, the Royal Consort of Rama II
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Sri Sulalai, the Princess Mother (Rama III)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Sri Sulalai, the Princess Grandmother (Posthumous Name in Rama V)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Sri Sulalai (Posthumous Name in Rama VI)

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